Steve Bittenbender

Contributing Editor

Steve Bittenbender works as a freelance journalist based in Louisville, Kentucky. Besides working for SeafoodSource.com as a contributing editor, Steve also works as an editor for Government Security News and as the Kentucky correspondent for the Reuters News Service. He also works as a sports writer for The (Louisville) Courier-Journal and The Associated Press. He has received awards from the Kentucky Press Association and the Louisville Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists for his on-going and enterprise reporting work.

Published on
August 30, 2017

Earlier this year, officials with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration used the Lisa Marie, a private fishing boat, to collect data for its annual coastal pelagic species survey. The more was part of an effort to increase collaboration between the public and private sectors.

Earlier this summer as officials with the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration completed work on an annual survey of coastal pelagic species

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Published on
August 29, 2017

Representatives from the countries in the Northern Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission met on Monday to start a five-day conference where the main topic will be the Pacific bluefin tuna.

The tuna, which is considered a prized delicacy, has reached population levels that are alarming some activists, who blame overfishing, especially of young fish in the species. Organizations such as The Pew Trust have called on a

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Published on
August 25, 2017

Ahead of an international conference scheduled next week to discuss rebuilding the Pacific bluefin tuna population, several organizations and influential leaders have urged countries to act quickly to stop what they claim is a steep decline in the species’ numbers.

For years, the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch initiative has urged people to avoid the fish because of its low numbers, but the campaign has picked up steam in

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Published on
August 22, 2017

A new law in Wisconsin aims to put the state's aquaculture industry on more equal footing with other states, in hopes of allowing commercial fish farmers to grow their businesses and attract new investment in the state that produced a quarter of the nation’s cheese last year.

Gov. Scott Walker signed Assembly Bill 160 into law in late June. The legislation adds aquaculture to the state’s definition of agriculture and streamlines some

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Published on
August 9, 2017

U.S. officials issued a report earlier this week concluding that while Pacific bluefin tuna may have experienced some overfishing in recent years, the highly coveted species has not reached the point where it’s endangered.

A team of scientists from the National Marine Fisheries Service released its report on Monday after a nearly year-long investigation prompted by petitions from environmental groups seeking the protected status for the

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Published on
July 31, 2017

An Alaska seafood processor has been fined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency after for violating regulations related to seafood waste.

The EPA announced Wednesday that the Norton Sound Economic Development Corp. agreed to pay USD 51,050 (EUR 43,450) after officials uncovered “many violations” in an inspection last year at the Norton Sound Seafood Products plant in Nome.

The violations included a failure to complete all

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Published on
July 31, 2017

Two U.S. senators announced on Thursday, 27 July they have included language in an appropriations bill that would require the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to include shrimp in a regulation designed to monitor seafood imports.

Domestic processors hailed the move to include shrimp in the Seafood Import Monitoring Program, which requires importers to track various species from the time it was harvested through the point it

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Published on
July 28, 2017

An international nonprofit group filed suit against the U.S. government earlier this month, saying the National Marine Fisheries Service improperly withdrew a proposed regulation to curb what it called one of the country’s “dirtiest fisheries.” 

On 12 June, the NMFS announced it would not proceed with a plan to put set limits on the number of endangered animals maimed or killed as a result of drift gillnets deployed off

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Published on
July 26, 2017

Domestic shrimp producers scored a recent victory as a federal appellate court upheld a decision by the Department of Commerce to change how it assesses imports from Vietnam.

Late last month, the U.S. Department of International Trade approved the change by Commerce officials to adjust the duty assessment rates from Vietnam. Because the southeast Asian country does not have a market economy, U.S. officials must use an applicable country with a

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Published on
July 25, 2017

For the second straight congressional session, a representative from Texas has introduced a bill he claims would level the playing field between American fishermen and their foreign counterparts.

Late last month, U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold filed the “Protecting Honest Fishermen Act of 2017.” The legislation calls for all seafood sold in America to be traceable from the time it was caught to the time it was served. Under current

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